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Enviro-Mich message from "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <ajs@sagady.com>

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Date: Wed, 31 May 2000 16:18:45 -0400
From: "Erica Perry" <eperry@med.umich.edu>
To: <breuninger@fbwebmaster.com>, <enviro-mich@great-lakes.net>
CC: <smartgrowth-washtenaw@great-lakes.net>
Subject: Re: SG-W:/ manufactured housing

Hi all. There is an opportunity to go to Lansing tomorrow and speak our 
piece on House Bill #4181 which is meeting in committee in room 521 in the 
House Office Bldg at 9:15am. If you can manage to go, do so! When you enter 
the room, fill out the testimony card which gives you the right to speak 
your point of view.

This bill is about the composition of the mobile home commission and 
already it has been renamed substitute H-2 and there may be several more. 
This means that people are seriously discussing it and hopefully a few of 
us can make it so that our point of view can be written into the record.

If you can't make it, you can send your written opinion to John Hansen 
and it also will be written into the record. I know this is short notice 
but nobody in Lansing knew much before now. This was one of the bottomline 
concerns recently expressed on this list serv so I hope someone can 
takethis opportunity.
In the future, the other three bills on the mobile home industry will be 
also going to committee and we will be notified about them as well. If you 
would like a copy of each bill and the analysis of each bill, I can fax 
them to you. Let me know.

 >>> "Jennie Breuninger" <breuninger@fbwebmaster.com> 05/24/00 08:09PM >>>

To All,
In my response to Laura (and others on these lists) I forgot to clarify 
what, at least 2 of the bills are attempting to do, so I will do that now.

One bill (don't have any numbers yet) would "send financial aid to school 
district dealing with enrollment increases from new manufactured home 
developments" (note: nothing said about those schools struggling now with 
the new developments, I guess we will simply pass bonds to build new 
schools for this growth....another piece of farmland bites the dust). The 
second piece is probably the most important, it will "add more local 
government representation on the state Manufactured Housing Commission, 
which oversees state regulators. The 11 member commission, appointed by the 
governor, sets construction rules and other guidelines for manufactured 
homes,and rules on "disputes"(added quotation, dispute would indicate that 
both sides are heard and given credence to, this rarely happens- the 
developer generally wins) between developer and local governments.By law it 
includes one locally elected official and five industry reps. Critics say 
that gives the industry too much influence.!

" (No-DUH).

I really hope people get involved on this issue, it won't be changed if 
only residents who are battling a mobile home developer right now are the 
only ones to speak out.
Again, I think environmental organizations can do a lot to make in-roads on 
this. The Sierra club is another group that would be able to reach their 
members and ask them to contact their representative, as well as Rep. 
Garcia, and Scranton. I know they are making sprawl a concern of theirs.
Communities that are hit with these should be nominated as the "poster 
child" of sprawl.
I will keep you posted on this.

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